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Letters Torture and doctors’ dual obligation

Support for doctors working in immigration detention centres

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1008
  1. Frank Arnold, doctor1
  1. 1Medact, Grayson Centre, London N1 6HT, UK
  1. arnold_frank{at}

In recent years, colleagues and I have examined several hundred asylum seekers giving histories of torture but subjected to immigration detention. Our experience accords with numerous reports by the Prisons Inspectorate.1 We agree with Sheather and colleagues that new approaches are needed to support health professionals confronted with violation of detainees.2

Recent practice has re-traumatised many vulnerable people, who have then needed hospital admission for psychosis. …

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